The father and carer of one-punch assault victim Danny Hodgson could be forced out of the country in a devastating and cruel new twist for the family.
Peter Hodgson’s temporary visa will expire on October 19 and he is now desperately exploring avenues to remain in Australia permanently on compassionate grounds.
If not, he will be forced to leave Perth and return to the UK.
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“It’s like a dark cloud hanging over us all the time,” the 53-year-old told 7NEWS.
“It’s just another piece of stress, more stress that we don’t need.”
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The construction project manager is currently working on Metronet’s Armadale line, clocking up to 60 hours a week on the state government project to help with Danny’s medical bills.
He also plays a critical role in the around-the-clock care his son needs.
“We share responsibilities and share support for Danny and if I was to go back home it’s too much just for (Danny’s girlfriend) Jess,” Peter said.
“Danny wouldn’t be able to do his routine and his exercise and his physio, so going back home would be a nightmare.”
Peter Hodgson could be kicked out of the country, despite his critical role Danny’s ongoing care. Credit: 7NEWS
The Department of Home Affairs refused to comment on specific cases but told 7NEWS.com.au “all non-citizens applying for a visa to enter or remain in Australia are considered on an individual basis, in accordance with the migration legislation”.
The development comes just a week after it was revealed the teenager who left Danny close to death at a Perth train station in 2021 is now accused of another violent crime in WA.
The 19-year-old who attacked the Perth soccer player in 2021 is now alleged to have punched a woman who tried to stop him from stealing from a Geraldton bottle shop in August.
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